Ramesh Polhriyal Nishank, the HRD minister in response to the criticism being raised on UGC’s and MHRD’s decision to conduct exams says exams are necessary for global development. He said exams defines the student’s abilities, execution of efforts, and dependability.
The HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal released the revised UGC guidelines on July 6. As per the guidelines, UGC has asked universities and colleges to conduct final year exams by September end. The exams have been made compulsory by the UGC for the students with backlogs.
The UGC’s guidelines and decisions on the conduct of exams have received huge criticism from students and teachers across the country. Students and teachers are against the UGC and MHRD’s decision and are protesting that UGC does not care about students’ lives. Social media is flooded with posts expressing students’ anger. People are concluding that UGC is putting students’ lives at risk as cases in India have crossed the count of 7 lakhs.
State ministers of Punjab, Odisha, Maharashtra, and West Bengal have already written to the government mad have further said that they will not conduct exams. Opposition parties, student unions, and various communities are running campaigns against the UGC’s decision.
HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal through his social media account posted that they care about students, their health, and safety. Also, ensuing academic stability and credibility, future prospects, and progress if students are important aspects of the education system.
He further included that education and assessment are important and crucial in the education system. He added that examinations conclude the results of the student’s preparations, abilities, and reliability.
Upholding the UGC guidelines HRD minister asserted that the decision of commencement of exams has been taken keeping in mind the majority interests of the students. The minister further included that it is up to universities to decide when to conduct the exams so that no inconvenience and harm to students in caused.